Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 10, 2014 to Mar 28, 2014
4 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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Score: 4.041 (scored by 18630 users)
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SynopsisThe "life-and-death sibling" story follows Utsutsu and Yume Hasegawa, a boy and his little sister who find themselves all alone. One day, Yume sees a mysterious red butterfly and her body undergoes a strange metamorphosis—into a creature that eats humans. Utsutsu struggles to find a way to restore his sister.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Pupa
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When I first heard of Pupa it seemed rather interesting and worth looking forward to. Based on the horror manga with the same name, Pupa tells the story about two orphaned siblings who only have each other to rely on after severe domestic violence. However, one day they are both infected with the Pupa virus which turns the younger sister Yume into a grotesque man-eating monster while the older brother Utsutsu gains regenerative abilities.
This is, to put it bluntly, an exciting premise and Pupa appeared to have all the elements to make a memorable horror anime. While there had been mixed opinions from those who had read the manga, I figured that at the very least it would make for an experience unlike any other in recent years.
What I personally found to be noteworthy was how Pupa appeared to be the complete opposite of the recent brother and sister relationship trend in anime that often danced around incestuous undertones. Here we would instead have an older brother who had to sacrifice his own body to satisfy his little sister’s cannibalistic hunger. Rather than a cheerful outlook it was cynical one full of dread and hopelessness.
Ironically, much like a cruel joke, it was the actual anime adaptation itself that became full of hopelessness. You see, Pupa was originally announced in early 2013 yet all buzz around it quickly faded due to a lack of news. Months passed and finally a vague air date was revealed: the fall anime season. Eventually the fall anime season approached, however Pupa was nowhere to be seen. The staff apologized for the delay and announced the series would instead air in the winter anime season 2014. At this point in time there were also some bad rumors floating around, mentioning how Pupa would be a short five-minute anime and not actually full-length.
Today, we all know the result. Indeed, Pupa ended up only being a couple of minutes per episode. As you might understand, this is a format that makes the actual horror atmosphere a disservice. It is impossible to create a proper eerie atmosphere with such little time, especially if the story is to move forward in a reasonable manner. Speaking of the story, it is nothing but haphazardly told nonsense. It jumps from one event to the next with little to no explanation and ends in the middle of nowhere.
To make the story even more difficult to follow, Pupa suffers from heavy censoring for no obvious reason. It is also incredibly inconsistent – sometimes censoring a mere knife while letting loads of guns pass – and often covers the whole screen with censor beams, effectively destroying what little that was left of the actual horror.
Exactly to who is Pupa aimed towards? Fans of the manga will be disappointed with this mess of an adaptation while anime viewers will be utterly confused. I cannot come up with any good explanation myself other than that this is the worst anime I have ever seen. read more
Rarely do we see an Anime that is so pathetic that it fails miserably in every aspect.
Pupa, the 4 minute short anime, succeeds in showing epic patheticness on screen.
Being a horror Anime fan, I had lots of expectations from this anime, but it failed haplessly to live up to my expectations.
Well, If you want to know how it shows epic patheticness, then read on.
Pupa has a story. Yes, it has a plot, but what can you expect from an anime, which has a length of 4 min per episode. The plot is heavily rushed, and as a result a lot of things get by without any explanation.
The story follows Yume, and Utsutsu who are siblings and have a very close relationship. Yume gets infected some mysterious virus and transforms into a flesh eating monster. Epicness follows, and Utsutsu too, becomes the same.
Thus begins their lives as flesh eating monsters.
The art is neither good nor bad, it is average. A lot of scenes use looped animation, like the famous flesh eating scene (Oniichan no niku).
The opening and closing theme are the only good thing about this anime.
Instead of watching the anime you should just listen to the themes.
Character : 1
There is no character development.
Utsutsu is your typical big brother and would do anything for his sister. Their relationship is beyond the sibling level, and it will creep you out.
Yume loves eating her oniichan's flesh, and Utsutsu loves getting eaten.
Oh yes, his limbs can regenerate, for he is a monster.
Some side characters are also present, but nobody gives a damn about them.
Overall, characters don't have any depth.
Who would enjoy such a pathetic anime.
Wanna waste 48 mins of your life? No? Good, watch some decent series instead of this garbage.
Well, the music is good, so you could listen to it if you want.
The whole anime can be summed up in 3 words-
"ONIICHAN NO NIKU".
Opening Theme"pupa" by Ibuki Kido & Erii Yamazaki
Ending Theme"Dare yori Suki na no ni (誰より好きなのに)" by Kusuma San Shimai (Yurika Kurosawa, Minato Wakasa, Haruna Usui)
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